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Friday, April 4, 2008

Darpolor 9th, Hinojos 13th at state lifting finals

Pecos Eagle powerlifter Job Darpolor placed ninth this past Saturday at the Class 3A state powerlifting championships in Abilene, while Asa Hinojos ended up 13th in his weight class at the state meet.

Coach Thomas Hughes said Darpolor had a combined lift of 1320 pounds in the 198-pound weight class, after qualifying for state as the runner-up at the Region I-3A meet two weeks earlier. Hinojos had a 680-pound total lift in the 114-pound weight class, where he had not been scheduled to compete after finishing third at regionals.

“They called us and told us that the second place guy hurt his back, so Asa got to lift,” Hughes said.

The two were first time state qualifiers, and among three Eagle lifters to qualify for state this year. In the girls’ division, Deandrea Bailey earned a trip to state with a second place finish at regionals, but failed to place in the Class 3A finals two weeks ago.

Head powerlifting coach Jeff Green said, “Asa did a personal best 20 pounds over what he had done before. Job did 1320, which was about 60 pounds below his best lift.”

Hinojos had a 240-pound lift in the squat thrust, a 150-pound bench press and a 290-pound dead lift. Darpolor did 500 pounds on his squat, 260 on the bench press and 560 on the dead lift.

“He got his first lift on each one, but he didn’t get his second or third lifts,” Green said.

Golf teams in third after district’s second round

The Pecos Eagle boys’ golf team cut a lot of strokes off their opening round score on Monday, playing in the second round of the District 2-3A golf tournament, on Monday at the Reeves County Golf Course. But the boys didn’t gain any ground on one of the two teams they need to catch to earn a regional berth, while Pecos’ girls did get a little closer to second place in their division while cutting a few less strokes off their total while playing at home.

The boys improved by 25 strokes from their opening round last week in Fort Stockton, shooting a 328 on Monday, and passing one of the three teams in front of them. But they lost three more strokes to the other team, Fort Stockton, and will need a strong round next Tuesday in Monahans to advance to the Region I-3A Tournament.

Pecos’ girls will also need a good round in Monahans next week, and will have to catch Monahans’ ‘B’ team on their home course. The Loboes’ ‘A’ team widened their lead after the second round of the three-round tournament, while Pecos cut a four-stroke deficit to the ‘B’ team to just two, thanks to a 10-stroke improvement from the opening round.

The Eagles shot a 373 and are at 756 overall, while Monahans ‘B’ had a 375 under windy conditions Monday afternoon in Pecos, and are at 754 through 36 holes of the 54-hole tournament. The Loboes’ ‘A’ team shot a 335 and are at 656 through 36 holes.

“They have a chance, but they’re going to have to beat Monahans on their home course,” said coach Tina Doan. “We’re going to have to have good workouts this week and then go out there and compete next Tuesday.”

Individually for Pecos, Rica Pino’s 86 was the low round of the day for Pecos and the fifth best round overall on Monday. Her 36-hole total of 178 puts her in sixth place in the medalist standings. She was followed by Tatum Windham, who shot a 90 for the second week in a row and is in seventh place with a 180 score.

Rina Pino was next for Pecos, shooting a 96 on Monday for a 196 total after two rounds. Kayla Natividad shot a 101 for the second straight week and is at 202, while Samantha Sparkman shot a 102 on Monday and is at 210 through 36 holes.

“They got a little frustrated with the wind, but they all had to play in it,” said Doan. “But my Top 3 are holding their own, it’s my bottom two I’ve got to get to drop down and help us. They’ve got to get out of the 100s.”

The Eagles also had two other golfers playing as medalists. Cynthia Ramirez shot a 102 and is at 215 through 36 holes while Heather Matta is at 226, after a second straight round of 113.

The boys were closer to the leaders this week than at Fort Stockton. Monahans led with a 320 and is at 647 after two rounds, 16 shots ahead of Fort Stockton, which is at 663 after a round of 325. The Eagles are 18 shots back, as their 328 put them at 681 going into the final round on Tuesday. Pecos did pass Monahans’ ‘B’ team, which shot a 356 and is at 694 overall, while the Eagles’ ‘B’ team is at 838, following a second round score of 394.

“We shot the best round we shot all year,” said coach Gaylon Doan. “I was proud of them, but we just needed to be shooting in the 320s all year.”

“We still lost three shots to Fort Stockton, but we can still make up 18 shots,” Doan said. “We improved 25 strokes today, so we can still do it.”

Last season, the Eagles made up 11 strokes on Monahans and 20 strokes on Fort Stockton in the final round to win the district title in the final round of play. Heath Armstrong, Richard Dutchover and Nathan Duke are the returning members from that team, Duke and Dutchover both shot 79s on Monday.

Duke is at 162 and Dutchover at 169 through two rounds, while is at 167 after a second round score of 82. Coe Duke, with an 88 on Monday, is at 183 for the tournament, and Sammy Sandoval is at 195 after a second round score of 96.

“Nathan and Heath can still make it to regionals as medalists, but they’ve got to shoot in the low 80s or high 70s,” Doan said.

The ‘B’ team only had four golfers for the second week in a row, and were led by Dominique Vejil, who shot an 84 in his first round of the tournament. He was followed by Josh Elliott and John Tarin both with 99s. Elliott is at 203 through 36 holes and Tarin has a 221 total through two rounds, while Manuel Villanueva shot a 112 and is at 231 overall.

Eagles send doubles teams to Region I-3A tournament

The District 2-3A tennis tournament didn’t go exactly the way the seeding was set up for the Pecos Eagles, but the doubles teams that were expected to qualify for regionals did so on Tuesday in Fort Stockton.

Megan Fuentes and Dakota Long advanced to regionals in girls’ doubles and Derek Barron and Tanner Hardwick did the same on the boys’ side for Pecos. Both teams had gone into the tournament as No. 1 seeds, and ended up second, winning playbacks to earn their trips to regionals.

Barron and Hardwick had a pair of three-set victories in earning their trip to regionals later this month in Odessa. “They lost in the finals to (Loren) Miller and (Alan) Marquez, then they had to have a playback to get second,” Eagles’ coach Bernadette Ornelas said. The opened with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Fort Stockton’s Alec Mills and Kalan Thomas, then lost to Miller and Marquez, 6-4, 7-5, before coming back to beat the Panthers’ Jose Reyes and Dylan Magee, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6.

“It went down to the last point in the third set of the tiebreaker,” Ornelas said. “The boys really had to play a strong game.”

The playback was needed after Reyes and Magee lost to the Loboes’ duo in their semifinal match.

On the girls’ side, two Pecos teams ended up facing each other in the playback, as Long and Fuentes defeated teammates Doni Marquez and Janette Perea for second place, 6-2, 6-3.

They opened with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Monahans’ Emily Richardson and Katelyn Johnson, 6-2, 6-3; before losing to the Loboes’ Laura Phipps and Hollie Derrick. Perea and Marquez won their opening match over Christi Valadez and Sayra Natividad, 6-1, 6-3; then lost to Phipps and Derrick and beat Johnson and Richardson, 6-3, 6-4, to qualify for the playback match.

“We ended up with the No. 2 and the No. 3 teams,” said Ornelas. Perea and Marquez will be regional alternates with their third place finish

In singles play, one Eagle who was seeded going into the tournament suffered an early defeat while another who was unseeded going in ended up placing third and earning a regional alternate’s berth.

Cody Zamarripa won his opening round match over Fort Stockton’s Jeremy Martinez, 6-2, 7-6, before losing in the semifinals to Monahans’ Michael Derrick, 7-6, 4-6, 6-1. But he then came back to win third place over the Loboes’ Derek Nichols by 6-4, 6-2 scores. Nichols had opened play with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win over Pecos’ other boys’ singles player, Elias Alvarado.

On the girls’ side, Hope Mora was beaten in three sets by Fort Stockton’s Leslie Bliznak, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4; while Jessica Munoz lost to the Prowlers’ Abby Baiza, 6-1, 6-4. Mora had gone into the tournament as the No. 3 seed.

The other varsity match was mixed doubles, where Joe Gabaldon and Mareem Maneje lost their opening match to Gaylor and Agundez of Fort Stockton, 6-2, 6-4.

In JV play, Pecos had one player in boys’ singles, Juan Carlos Munoz, who lost to Gonzales of Fort Stockton, 8-1. In JV girls’ singles, Roccio Munoz won third, beating Santos of Fort Stockton, 8-5, after an 8-5 loss to Armendariz of Fort Stockton. She opened with an 8-1 win over the Eagles’ Victoria Herndon, while Andrea Rodriguez lost to Monahans’ Escamilla, 8-0, and Ashley Acosta lost to Santos in her opening match, 8-0.

In doubles, the Eagles only had players in the girls’ division, where Amanda Renteria and Meagan Lopez won second, losing in the finals to Monahans’ Tester and Keser, while Pecos’ Cristina Munoz and Makayla Hernandez won third over teammates Daniella Bustillos and Liliana Gutierrez, 8-2.

Ornelas said the Region I-3A Tournament would be in Odessa on April 23-24.

Monahans’ three-run innings send Pecos to first district loss

A couple of mistakes on the mound and in the field cost the Pecos Eagles sole possession of first place in the District 2-3A standings on Tuesday night in Monahans.

The Eagles, who built a 3-0 lead over the Loboes after two innings, saw Monahans rally to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth, and then after tying the game in the top of the sixth, watched as the Loboes scored three more times in the bottom of the inning for a 7-4 victory.

The win, coupled with Presidio’s victory over Fort Stockton, dropped Pecos into a three-way tie for first with the Loboes and Blue Devils one-third of the way through the district schedule. The Eagles open up the middle part of their schedule on Friday, when they host Fort Stockton in a 7:30 p.m. game.

“We came out strong, and it looked like things were going good, then I think we just got complacent with a 3-0 lead,” said Eagles’ coach Eric Garcia. “We let (Steven) Valles settle down after the first two innings, and after that he got his curveball across and pitched a great game.”

Garcia said Vincent Palomino and J.R. Lujan had first inning doubles, with Lujan’s scoring both Palomino and Timo Reyes. James Garcia would later double and score in the second inning, but Monahans used a throwing error by Palomino on an infield hit by Kalep Warden to set up Ty Horton’s RBI single in the third, and in the fourth the Loboes took advantage of Palomino’s control problems to score three more times.

“Vincent lost a little control in that inning. He walked the leadoff man, and then they got a little infield hit,” Garcia said. Palomino then threw late to third trying for Chase Williams on a Mark Arroyo sacrifice bunt, which loaded the based, and then, walked Ivan Rios to force home a run.

Quincy Titus then scored on a passed ball by Lujan and Warden struck out, and Arroyo came home on another passed ball. “They were trying a suicide squeeze and J.R. took his eye off the ball to look at the runner.” Lujan did throw out Rios trying to go to third, but Arroyo’s run made it a 4-3 game.

Joseph Ontiveros would tie the game in the sixth, tripling to right-center field after a one-out walk to Isaiah Vela. But with one out in the bottom of the inning Vela was charged with an error at first when his foot came off the bag on a Rios grounder to James Garcia at third base, a call Eric Garcia disputed.

“The ball was there way ahead of the runner, but he said he pulled his foot off first base. It was just one of those things, but they ended up loading the bases in the bottom of the sixth,” he said.

Warden singled and Aaron Armendariz walked before Horton lined a two-run single down the line in left. A third run then scored when the Eagles threw the ball away twice, trying for Warden at home and Horton at second base.

Palomino fell to 5-3 with the loss, while the Eagles are now 2-1 in district and 15-5-1 on the season going into Friday night’s game with Fort Stockton. Garcia said Vela, 3-0, who beat Presidio last Friday by a 10-3 final score. The game starts a string of five out of six games at home for Pecos, including their final non-district game, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday against Fabens.

Garcia said Geno Leos will be eligible to play again on Friday, and would start Saturday’s game against Fabens, whom the Eagles have beaten twice this season, by 16-6 and 6-4 scores.

“I’m kind of reluctant to throw Geno back in right away to start district. I want to work him back into the lineup,” Garcia said. “So he’ll start Saturday, and then Vincent will pitch on Tuesday night in Presidio.”

Prowlers use Eagles’ errors to grab 13-2 win

The Fort Stockton Prowlers took seven innings to come up with an earned run on Tuesday against the Pecos Eagles. But nine Eagle errors before then meant the Prowlers already had plenty of runs to work with, as they took advantage of Pecos’ mistakes and took over sole possession of second place in the District 2-3A standings.

Fort Stockton used two errors to score three times in the first inning, and a two out error to score twice more in the fourth, before breaking things open with four unearned runs in the fifth inning, as the ended up beating Pecos by a 13-2 final score.

“That’s got to be frustrating for a pitcher, to have an out and then the defense doesn’t come through for you. That set the tone for the whole game,” said Eagles’ coach Tammy Walls, who had a long talk with her players following the Eagles’ second straight district loss.

Fort Stockton had taken advantage of some early Pecos fielding problems on March 18 to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the teams’ first district game. But the Eagles were able to cut down on their mistakes after that and ended up beating the Prowlers by a 14-4 final score.

This time, the Eagles again started off shaky on defense, then survived some more defensive problems in the second inning but were unable to take advantage of some Prowler mistakes behind pitcher Heather Garvin.

In the first, errors by Kristen Ikeler allowed Jessica Gonzales and Karinne Acosta to reach base. Pitcher Gabby Garcia then hit Jody Alvarado and walked Garvin to force home a run. Maribel Silvas followed with an RBI single to center, and after Garcia fanned Chelsea Woodward, she walked Monique Ortiz to make it a 3-0 game.

Garcia struck out Cynthia Fierro and got Monica Corral to ground out to Marlene Salgado to end the inning, then had to survive a couple of two out errors in the second before getting Silvas to ground out to short.

Pecos had their only errorless inning of the game in the third, but still were down by three runs. The Eagles failed to take advantage of a leadoff walk in the first by Brittany Palomino and an error by Garvin on an Ally Salcido grounder, and in the third couldn’t capitalize on a one out throwing error by Corral on an infield single by Palomino.

In the fourth, Carrasco singled and Acosta walked to lead things off, but Garcia then came back to get Alvarado and Silvas on pop ups and appeared ready to end the inning when she got Silvas to pop up just inside the first base foul line. But Garcia dropped the ball, allowing both runners to score for a 5-0 Prowler lead.

Pecos got those runs back in their half of the fourth by finally taking advantage of Fort Stockton’s mistakes. Diana Parada and Aileen Rayos both reached on errors by Corral around a throwing error by Garvin on a Garcia comebacker to the mound. That loaded the bases, and after Garvin struck out Jayme Galindo, Salgado followed with a bloop single down the line in right to score two runs.

Garvin then walked Lily Jaramillo to re-load the bases, but the Prowlers then got Palomino to hit into an inning-ending double play to maintain a three-run lead.

That grew to seven runs in the fifth, and again was set up by an error, this time a missed throw by Palomino from Garcia on a Corral grounder, after Adrianna Ramos walked to open the inning. Garcia got Carrasco to pop out to Salgado and Acosta to line out to Rayos in right field, but Alvarado then lined a shot over Rayos’ head for a two-run double, and Garvin and Silvas followed with back-to-back triples. A wild pitch by Garcia then scored Silvas to make it a 9-2 game.

Walls would clear her bench in the final two innings, putting her reserves in while replacing Garcia on the mound with Krystal Ramirez. She allowed two hits and an unearned run in the sixth, when Acosta’s two out grounder got past new first baseman Destiny Simmons.

Simmons just missed a home run in the bottom of the inning, doubling off the fence in left, but Garvin then got Salgado on a pop up to end the inning. In the seventh, a one-out error by new second baseman Carissa Cerna set up the Prowlers’ 11th unearned run, while Fort Stockton’s last two runs of the game were earned, on four consecutive singles off Ramirez. Pecos would get a leadoff single by Ashley Baeza to open the bottom of the seventh, and Salcido would reach on a one-out error, but then was doubled off first base on a line drive by Ramirez to Krystyna Cordero at second, to end the game.

“We had about three baserunning errors that cost us, and I count those along with the other errors,” said Walls, whose team is now 2-3 in district and 10-13 on the season. Fort Stockton is 3-2 and faces Monahans on Friday while Pecos travels to Presidio to face the Blue Devils in a 5 p.m. start.

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